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Life without arena football: Coaching job takes former Spokane Shock, Empire coach Adam Shackleford away from home base

When the Spokane Empire ceased operations after the 2017 season, head coach Adam Shackleford thought his 35-year streak of involvement in football was coming to an end. He had held …


Life without arena football: Faithful fans root for return of high-flying sport to Spokane

The season is winding down in arena football leagues across the country but not in Spokane. The franchise – known as the Shock for the first 10 seasons in arenafootball2 …


Life without arena football: Terrance Sanders writes new chapters in journey after football

Terrance Sanders experienced numerous ups and downs during his lengthy arena football career. That’s continued in his post-football life.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 6:52 p.m.

Shackleford returns to assistant’s role after 11 years as arena head coach

Adam Shackleford didn’t think coaching was in his immediate future after the Spokane Empire shuttered operations in July.


Adam Shackleford joins Nebraska Danger’s coaching staff

Former Spokane Empire coach Adam Shackleford is back in the Indoor Football League game as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach with the Nebraska Danger.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 11:02 p.m.

Suspect named in Carl Sims shooting as former teammates express sorrow, disbelief

One of the league’s most decorated wide receivers, former Spokane Empire star Carl Sims, was shot and killed in downtown Spokane early Sunday morning, former Empire coach Adam Shackleford confirmed …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 10:10 p.m.

Former Spokane Empire star player Carl Sims killed downtown

Former Spokane Empire wide receiver Carl Sims was shot and killed early Sunday morning in downtown Spokane. He was one the top Indoor Football League receivers in the league’s history.


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 11:15 p.m.

John Blanchette: Indoor football ran out of time in Spokane

As a handy reference for all things minor league in sports, the movie “Slap Shot” is unerring in tone and applicable across the spectrum.


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 8:49 p.m.

Spokane Empire to cease operations

The Spokane Empire is out of business for the 2018 season and probably for good unless a local owner or ownership group steps forward.


Spokane Empire players named to All-IFL team

Spokane Empire defensive lineman John Griggs was named to the first team All-IFL team, while defensive back John Hardy-Tuliau was named to the second team, the Indoor Football League announced …


Spokane Empire’s season ends with last-second road loss to Salt Lake

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – Verlon Reed hit Devin Mahina with a 2-yard touchdown pass as time expired and the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles beat the Spokane Empire 45-42 on …


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 4:33 p.m.

Spokane Empire need victory, help to reach IFL playoffs

Spokane has spent the last half of the Indoor Football League regular season playing its way out of the postseason. The Empire have dropped five of their last six games …


Spokane Empire still alive in IFL playoff chase

The race for the second and final playoff berth in the Intense Conference will come down to the last week of the Indoor Football League regular season.


UPDATED: Fri., June 9, 2017, 11:25 p.m.

Spokane Empire devastated by Iowa Barnstormers in 30-point loss

DES MOINES, Iowa – Travis Partridge threw five touchdown passes and the Iowa Barnstormers never trailed, convincingly beating the Spokane Empire 58-28 on Friday in Indoor Football League action. Partridge …


Spokane Empire planning game-day decision at QB for Iowa matchup

The Spokane Empire will have a quarterback when the offense lines up against red-hot Iowa on Friday. But the Indoor Football League team isn’t quite ready to announce whether it …


Arizona Rattlers shut down Spokane Empire’s offense again in Indoor Football League

Three weeks later with a new quarterback, running back and center, Spokane still couldn’t solve Arizona’s defense.


UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 11:24 p.m.

Playoff implications at stake in Spokane-Arizona matchup

The third meeting between Spokane and Arizona on Saturday at the Arena will shape both Indoor Football League teams’ postseason plans.


Spokane Empire gets back on winning track, holds off Colorado 48-43

The Spokane Empire really needed this one. So did their coach. Spokane held off Colorado 48-43 on Friday at the Arena, ending a three-game Indoor Football League losing streak. “I’m …


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 6:24 p.m.

Charles Dowdell out, Aaron Wilmer in at quarterback for Spokane Empire

A three-game losing streak has damaged the Spokane Empire’s once glossy record and their standing in the Indoor Football League playoff chase.


Spokane Empire comeback falls short in loss to Colorado Crush

Daniel Lindsey returned a fourth-quarter kickoff 45 yards for a touchdown and the Colorado Crush beat the Spokane Empire 45-36 in Indoor Football League action in Loveland, Colorado, on Thursday.


Spokane Empire face short preparation week, road trip to Colorado

It’s good timing to play the last-place team in the Intense Conference. It’s not good timing to play on a short week.


Arizona Rattlers run past Spokane Empire, 49-35

The line of scrimmage usually tells the story of football games at any level. It certainly did in Arizona’s 49-35 Indoor Football League win over the Spokane Empire on Friday …


UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 6:53 p.m.

Different league, same big-game feel for Spokane Empire, Arizona Rattlers

Feels a little like the old days.


Spokane Empire’s Nick Haag earns shot with NFL’s New York Giants

Nick Haag is getting another shot in the NFL and he made Spokane Empire history along the way.


Spokane Empire can’t keep up in loss to defending IFL champ Sioux Falls

Lorenzo Brown rushed for 70 yards and three touchdowns, and passed for another score, as the Sioux Falls Storm handled the Spokane Empire 62-32 in a rematch of last season’s …


UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017, 9:32 p.m.

Spokane Empire clash with Storm for first time since United Bowl 2016

The Spokane Empire will face the Sioux Falls Storm in Week 12 of the 2017 Indoor Football League regular season at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls at …


UPDATED: Sun., April 30, 2017, 9:46 p.m.

Bryan Pray keeps his composure, boosts Spokane Empire to narrow win over Salt Lake

Spokane wide receiver Bryan Pray, a five-year Indoor Football Leauge veteran, proved his worth as an experienced player in the Empire’s 31-29 win over Salt Lake on Sunday at the …


Spokane Empire lineman Darren Pinnock thrives because of passion, versatility

At one point, it looked like football had bypassed Spokane Empire offensive lineman Darren Pinnock.


Spokane Empire hope to keep rolling after statement win over Arizona Rattlers

The Spokane Empire finally got their statement win.


Spokane Empire prevail late over Rattlers

The Spokane Empire outscored the Arizona 25-14 in the final quarter and edged the Rattlers 60-51 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.